The Promise of Protectionism and the Appeal to Isolationism

Looking at the U.S. through the lenses of isolationism, internationalism, and globalization, Christopher Nicols brings new thoughts and ideas to U.S. history.

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Political isolationalism is not something new to American politics, according to Andrew Carnegie Fellow Christopher Nicols. While many Americans are not familiar with its legacy, the roots of it stretch back a long time before reaching the White House with Trump.

"At the highest national level such a position has never been a path to the White House, but it has been a path to political prominence. It also has been far more popular historically than many today appreciate."

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